Watermelon Granita

Watermelon has to be the best summer treat. All on its lonesome, it is the best dessert when eaten outside, bitten straight from the rind, and running down your cheek. And though that works great for me, sometimes you need a bit more refinement when it comes to a sweet treat for guests. When I saw this 3 ingredient dessert recipe, I knew I had found my new summer entertaining dessert. This Italian ice treat is fruit, sugar, and lime juice. It is such a great way to use that giant watermelon that made its way into your cart and now has still not been eaten days later. Serve it in a beautiful glass dish and you will wow your guests with flavor and refreshment. Maybe drizzle a shot of vodka on top to make it an adult slushy. It would also be perfect served in paper cones to the little ones. Plus, you can make it up to 3 days before and store until ready. You have got to love the make ahead.

Watermelon Granita
Bon Appetit June 2011
serves 6

4 cups (1 3/4 lb) cubed seedless watermelon
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

Puree all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a 9x9x2" metal baking pan. Freeze* mixture for 1 hour. Stir, mashing any frozen parts with the back of a fork. Cover and freeze mixture until firm, about 2 hours. Using a fork, scrape granita vigorously to form icy flakes.

Do Ahead: Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover tightly with foil and keep frozen. Give it a quick scrape before serving.

*Note: As soon as you put your base in the freezer, SET A TIMER FOR 60 MINUTES. If you do not do this, you will forget, resulting in a solid block that's tough to scrape.


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